December 22, 2014

Edgerton to raise sewer fees

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Edgerton residents will see a hike in their sewer bills starting in June.
The city council approved a sewer rate increase on April 23 based on a study by Springsted, Inc.
Although Springsted recommended lowering the monthly service charge from $3.87 to $2.60, the user charge rate will increase from $3.87 for the first 1,000 gallons of water used and $3.68 for each additional 1,000 gallons of water used to $4.24 per 1,000 gallons used starting in 2013.
That is an increase of 15 percent.
The ordinance does away with the minimum user charge and establishes a flat rate regardless of the amount of water used.
Springsted also recommended a 2 percent user charge increase in 2014.
Sewer bills will be calculated based on average water usage during the months of December, January and February.
Currently, sewage rates are based on water usage during January, February and March.
The ordinance includes a set minimum for new sewer customers until a winter average can be established.
The sewer rate study was required as part of the application process for a low-interest state revolving loan for the city’s new sewer treatment plant.
In other business, the council remanded an ordinance regulating intermodal container storage to the planning commission.
The council wants the planning commission to reconsider lot sizes and paving surfaces for container storage related to the intermodal logistics park.
The proposed ordinance calls for a minimum 20-acre lot with a hard paving surface.
An intermodal storage facility operator asked the council to consider a maximum of five to 10 acres with a chip and seal surface.

Comments

  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Nice little 15% increase for Edgerton citizens so they can live in container lot city along with the Boxcar Bar and the Rusty Rail liquor store………….take an anti-nausea pill like I did and make a drive to Edgerton and see the industrial wasteland that you will be living with and the “best” is yet to come…………..thank those slimy politicians and thieves for bringing that horror story to your doorstep…………..and for your Gardner city staff, mayor and the majority of the appointed Council for helping once again to pay for the costs associated with the mess…………..your increases in costs are just getting started………every citizen should well know what their role is with respect to cronyism government.

  2. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Using figures provided to Edgerton City Council members at their April 26 meeting by the Public Works Department and City Administrator, here are the estimates for current and future wastewater bills for average residential customers using 6,000 gallons of water monthly:

    Currently – $22.27 – ($3.87 first 1,000 gals + $18.40 next 5,000 gals)
    Jun 1, 2012 – $27.98 – ($2.60 service charge + $25.38 for 6,000 gals)
    2014 proposal – $28.52 ($2.60 service charge + $25.92 for 6,000 gals)

    June 1, 2012 increase = 25.6%
    Proposed 2014 increase = 1.9%

  3. Judith Rogers says:

    Come 2014 we will see what the “proposed” increase will be in reality.

    Come 2015 or so citizens will be finding out how much that school bond issue is going to cost them and I will bet you it is higher than some $2 a month increase they “proposed” and you better be watching to see what your school mill levies will be doing this fall. And you know Gardner citizens will be getting another mill levy increase this coming year due to that school bond passing plus the appointed City Council rubber stamping us getting involved in those intermodal costs to help out dear ole Edgerton. I know exactly why Press came to Edgerton and then on to Gardner. Many believed that lie of “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em – Tax ‘Em” and all should know that your Dictator only brought you home with 15 cents on a dollar of tax revenue on that stinking mess and I am so grateful we don’t have ownership of that horror story but due to jaybirds like Press and others, they keep hitting the Gardner citizens with costs that we should not be involved in. Bad enough I am paying county, state and federal tax dollars for that industrial wasteland and all of its adverse affects. Gardner’s Finance Director Gourley would not tell me last month what the city of Gardner’s total debt is now and said she wouldn’t tell me until August and in the meantime they are putting citizens further in debt as fast as they can. I cannot understand why it is only me who is screaming their head off about my own city not answering the question about what the city’s debt is at any given time. I will be most interested too to see what our costs are going to be this year and the next few years for our rent-a-fireman program after selling off our fire department and that same year they increased our city’s mill levy by 6 mills.

    When those tax bills keep going up as a result of cronyism government, I hope all are prepared because they evidently are not keeping a scorecard on what their so-called public servants are doing to them.

    About fifteen minutes from now Channel 41 is running an article I believe on those faudulent farm appraisals which is another financial rape of the average citizen and most people won’t even lift an eyebrown about it. Many get the shaft because they deserve it.

  4. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    I failed to clarify the actual Edgerton wastewater rates:
    Current rate = $3.68 per 1,000 gallons
    June 1, 2012 rate = $4.23 per 1,000 gallons
    No increase in 2013
    Proposed 2014 rate = $4.32 per 1,000 gallons

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